Sunday, 11 August 2013

Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ review

I bought the Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ as part of a kit with the NEX-3N. Since I already have the Lumix X PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 for Micro Four Thirds, it makes sense to compare them. Both are shown below:

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Meike/Skyblue macro rings: Highly recommended

I have previously tested a number of low cost solutions to macro photography on Micro Four Thirds, however, the concepts are the same for the Sony NEX system. Mostly, they are quite hard to use, for example because they don't support changing the aperture or focusing. I think I had the most impressive results with a reverser ring, however, the working distance becomes very short, and there is no aperture control or focus possibility.

Now, however, macro extension rings with electronic contacts are available at a low price. They are marketed as Meike, Skyblue, Neewer, and probably more names, and one pack includes two rings: One 10mm thick, and one 16mm thick. My rings look like this:

They appear to be a cheaper copy of the Kenko macro rings which work in the same way.